“He is the last of the iconic figures from the original days, he had a very extraordinary career in television, not to mention theater, and also radio. His success with radio in Melbourne was record-breaking,” said Ford.
“Everyone should celebrate the extraordinary career and the fun he brought people, but part of me can not help but feel that he did not get the last chapter he deserved.”
Ford told 3AW on Saturday night that people were talking about Newton’s television career “because there are so many important things included there, including the partnership with Graham Kennedy and the partnership with Don Lane, and lots of things that he also did on his own. such as Good Morning Australia, which introduced him to a new, younger audience. “
“He has also appeared in top musicals around Australia for 20 years such as Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
TV and radio reviewer Pete Smith called Newton the best of the best when it comes to Australian television.
“We have all lost the most admired entertainer Australian television has produced,” Pete Smith told 3AW on Saturday night.
Smith added that Newton’s brilliance came from how well he worked with other entertainers like Graham Kennedy and Don Lane.
“Well, the magic of Bert Newton, call it magic, if you will, was that even though he was such a success in himself over the years, his partnerships with people like Graham Kennedy and later with Don Lane lasted,” Smith told 3AW Saturday night.
“People wonder how can it endure? It was not Graham Kennedy, and it was not Don Lane. It was Bert Newton’s genius at making these people feel like they were everything that mattered.
“When he was in the air with them, they did not feel threatened at all. The only thing that mattered when he was on the air with you was that you were the only one talking, and I felt like I was experiencing myself in much smaller ways as a guest at different places and different shows. “
Nine’s director of television, Michael Healy, described Newton as a “giant in our industry who entertains generations of Australians across our television screens.”
“He brought unbridled joy and laughter into our homes as part of so many programs, partnerships and formats. He was loved by all of us at Nine and we wish Patti, Lauren, Matt and their families our sincere condolences in this sad time. , ”Said Mr. Healy.
Just a few days ago, Patti posted a picture of Newton with her grandchildren by his bed with the text “That’s what happiness is”.
TV host and comedian Adam Hills said Australian television “would not be what it is without Bert.”
“It’s up to all of us to take what he taught us and keep his spirit alive,” Hills wrote on social media.
After Good morning Australia, Newton went back to Channel 9 for Bert’s family feud and an irregular series of 20 to 1 programs.
In addition to his television work, Newton appeared on stage in The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the beast, The manufacturers, The sound of music, Evil and The Rocky Horror Show, and on the big screen in a number of local films.
Newton, highly praised as a TV pioneer, collaborated with Don Lane and Graham Kennedy on their variety shows, as well as with his singer.
Their two children, Lauren and Matthew, are both celebrities in their own right, with the latter living in the United States, where his relationship with his family has thawed after a period of alienation.
Tribute has also flowed from Australia’s political leaders, with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt describing him as “part of our television landscape and an important part of the continued development of the canvas.”
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese also paid tribute: “My heart goes out to his family who have lost a husband, a father and a friend. And to Australia who have lost an icon.”
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